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Rebecca S. Pugh (Fed)

Supervisory Research Biologist

Rebecca has been a research biologist with NIST since 1998 and is currently the Leader of the Biospecimen Science Group, in the Chemical Sciences Division, and is located at the multi-institution Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML), Charleston, SC. Rebecca is responsible for the oversight and day-to-day operations of a national cryogenic biobanking facility, the NIST Biorepository as well as the Cryogenic Reference Material Production Facility. Activities include project operations and management, strategic planning, technology transfer, and infrastructure planning. She has been involved in the collection, processing, and archival of marine biological and environmental specimens archived at the NIST Biorepository and has helped to develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) and protocols for specimen banking under clean room conditions and contaminant sampling. She also has expertise in the development of SOPs and production of reference materials and Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) under cryogenic conditions.

Since 1999 Rebecca has been an active member of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) and is currently the ISBER Secretary (2023-2025). She has previously served as Council Member/Board of Director, co-chair of the Enviro-Bio Working Group, served on multiple Scientific Program Planning Committees, and was a member of the Education and Training Committee. She also contributed to and served as associate editor on several editions of the ISBER Best Practices for Repositories publication. She also represents NIST as a member of International Environmental Specimen Bank (IESB) community and the U.S. Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections (Committee of the Science of the National Science and Technology Council, Office of Science and Technology Policy). She has authored or co-authored 25 reports under the NIST Internal Report Series and 40+ peer-reviewed publications and has presented work and conducted workshops at several national and international conferences.

Professional Awards and Recognition

2008 →  International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) Special Service Award

2011 →  International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) Special Service Award

2012 →  U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award for Superior Federal Service: For developing a chain-of-custody biorepository program to support NOAA's Natural Resources Damage Assessment of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

2013 →  2013 Challenges @ NIST Competition:  Marine Sample and Tracking and Analytical Reporting Database

2015 →  NIST Foundations of Leadership Program, Class XIII (2014-2015)

Membership and Professional Activities

  • International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) Council Member/Board of Director, 2008-2015
  • Biopreservation and Biobanking Journal, Editorial Board, 2009-Present
  • International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) Member, 1999-Present
  • Agency Representative for the U.S. Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections, 2014-Present
  • Hollings Marine Laboratory Science Board, Alternate Member, 2015-Present
  • Hollings Marine Laboratory Science Board Chair, 2023-2024
  • International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) Secretary, 2023-2025


Certification of Standard Reference Material® 2983 Inorganics in Geoduck Clam Tissue (Panopea generosa)

Colleen E. Bryan Sallee, Melannie Bachman, Steven J. Christopher, Debra Ellisor, Michael Ellisor, Jennifer Hoguet, Samuel Huntington, Caleb Luvonga, Amanda Moors, Dhayaalini Nadarajan, Tomohiro Narukawa, Jennifer Ness, Rebecca Pugh, James H. Yen, Lee L. Yu
Standard Reference Material (SRM) 2983 Inorganics in Geoduck Clam Tissue (Panopea generosa) is intended to be used for the evaluation of methods for the

Berlin Statement on Legacy and Emerging Contaminants in Polar Regions

Rebecca Pugh, Ralf Ebinghaus, Elena Barbaro, Susan Bengtson Nash, Cristina de Avila, Cynthia de Wit, Valeria Dulio, Janine Felden, Antonio Franco, Juergen Gandrass, Marco Grotti, Heike Herata, Kevin Hughes, Morten Jartun, Hanna Joerss, Roland Kallenborn, Jan Koschorreck, Anette Kuster, Rainer Lohmann, Zhanyun Wang, Matthew MacLeod, Caren Rauert, Jaroslav Slobodnik, Roxana Suhring, Katrin Vorkamp, Zhiyong Xie
Polar regions should be given greater consideration with respect to chemical monitoring, chemicals risk assessment, and management, consistent with requirements

Biobanking in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond: Part 1. How Early Experiences can Translate into Actionable Wisdom

Clare M. Allocca, Marianna J. Bledsoe, Monique Albert, Sergey Anisimov, Elena Bravo, Marta Castelhano, Yehudit Cohen, Mieke DeWilde, Koh Furuta, Zisis Kozlakidis, Dunja Martin, Anabela Martins, Helen Morrin, Shannon McCall, Rebecca Pugh
The era of COVID-19 has brought about a number of novel challenges for the global biobanking community. To better position the biobanking community to cope with
Created October 9, 2019, Updated May 28, 2024